VIFF Short Forum: Program 1
Image: Our Grandmother the Inlet, VIFF 2023
As time moves ever the more forward, histories are revisited. Some continue to be honoured while others are called for a reckoning.
September 29 & October 1: Q&A with the film teams
This short film program includes the following films:
Our Grandmother the Inlet
Jaime Leigh Gianopoulos, Kayah George, BC (9 min)
Kayah George, a young Tsleil-Waututh woman and her grandmother Ta7a, daughter of the late Chief Dan George, reflect on their relationship to water, culture, and land.
Kara Ditte Hansen (14 min)
An accumulation of histories is explored via the filmmaker’s uncle, a retired Grego-Roman Olympian wrestler who lives in a sinking house built atop a decommissioned landfill.
Master of the House
Dylan Maranda, BC (17 min)
A young sommelier struggles to balance friendship and ambition on the night an acclaimed restaurant critic dines at his work — Reclamation, a restaurant hyped on reinventing Indigenous cuisine.
The Company We Keep
Wojtek Jakubiec, QC (6 min)
An intimate portrait of a ceramics artist and her dog.
Karsten Wall, MB (20 min)
The adaptive behaviours of the Canadian geese are examined as city co-habitants affected by human intervention and climate change.
Eli Jean Tahchi, QC (21 min)
Finding community via his gay rugby league, Jamaican-born Desmond navigates life, love, and identity as an immigrant living in Munich, Germany.
John Greyson, ON (10 min)
This experimental opera reenacts the lesser known history of Chinese medical student Li Shiu Tong, and his lover Magnus Hirschfeld, a much older German sexologist and gay rights pioneer during Nazi Germany.
All the Days of May
Miryam Charles, QC (7 min)
Following the production of a documentary on the death of her daughter, a mother reflects on life, grief, and time.
Mothers and Monsters
Edith Jorisch, QC (16 min)
In this surrealist satire, a celebratory banquet hosted for and by new mothers is disrupted by a series of strange disturbances.
VIFF Short Forum
Various with English subtitles
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Ansi meets Holappa, and these two lonely souls feel they are meant for each other, but Fate may have other ideas... Aki Kaurismäki crafts a poignant and pertinent comedy which picked up the Jury Prize at Cannes.
Cinema Salon: The Godfather, Part II
Coppola's majesterial sequel enriches and expands on the themes of the first film. Robert De Niro is the young Vito Corleone in flashbacks. Al Pacino tries to fill his father's shoes at the head of the family. Guest: Federico Fuoco.
In this poignant collaborative project, a trio of Indigenous west coast changemakers from the Nlaka'pamux, shíshálh and the Secwépemc Nations are learning and documenting the traditional cultural teachings and legacies of their Elders.
Orlando, My Political Biography
Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, the transgressive novel is used as a framework to investigate the very real contemporary struggles of trans and non-binary people. Winner of the Teddy Award and Encounters Jury Prize at Berlin Film Festival.
A TV star (Natalie Portman) spends several days studying her next real life subject, Gracie (Julianne Moore), who became a tabloid sensation 20 years before, when she had an affair with a seventh grade student -- who is now her husband.